Master of Rural and Remote Medicine

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Rural and Remote Medicine

This program is designed to provide medical practitioners, particularly those based in rural and remote communities, with a pathway for advancing their academic and clinical expertise.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Course highlights

James Cook University is a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. James Cook University:

  • New teaching facilities including a medical research laboratory
  • research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations
  • clinical schools in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and the Northern Territory.

Course overview

Rural and remote communities in northern Australia and the tropics face unique health issues. We are committed to equipping health professionals with the capabilities to practice in rural and remote settings.

Students enrolled in the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine study eight core subjects and then choose from a wide variety of elective subjects that are grouped according to your area of interest. For example, you may choose to study mental health, population health, paediatrics, emergency medicine, or adult internal medicine.

This coursework program is available externally and via limited attendance in Townsville.  This course is available part time and full time.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

MD8001:03 Foundations of Rural or Remote Medicine

MD8002:03 Rural and Remote Medicine Reflections on Practice

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5101:03 Primary Health Care Research

MD8023:03 Communication and Collaboration in Rural and Remote Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

HS7500:06 Research Project 1

HS7501:06 Research Project 2

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points from Option A, B, C, D or E

Option A – ADULT INTERNAL MEDICINE

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5542:03 Clinical Travel Medicine

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5514:03 Human Health and Environmental Change

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

Option B – EMERGENCY MEDICINE

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5565:03 Clinical Review of Aeromedical Retrieval Activity

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

Option C – PAEDIATRICS

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5514:03 Human Health and Environmental Change

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

PY6015:03 Child and Family Therapy

Option D – MENTAL HEALTH

TM5575:03 Substance Abuse Prevention

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

PY5003:03 Adult psychopathology

PY5006:03 Clinical neuropsychology

PY5007:03 Health and rehabilitation

PY6015:03 Child and family therapy

PY5013:03 Working with clients

PY5001:03 Psychological assessment

Option E – POPULATION HEALTH

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Human Health and Environmental Change

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Communities

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5540:03 Public health and Workplace

TM5580:03 Public Health Nutrition

TM5557:03 Disaster Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Rural and Remote Medicine

Course code

74504

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered health practitioners with AHPRA; and

  • be experienced rural health practitioners; or

  • have completed, or be enrolled in, a training program in rural medicine or general practice as certified by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; or

  • be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and Head of School.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Master of Rural and Remote Medicine will enable doctors working in rural and remote Australia to complete a postgraduate qualification to enhance their clinical, academic and research skills at an advanced level. They will develop advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes to appraise and evaluate rural and remote clinical practice, academic work and research in community based settings.

Graduates will be committed to responsible, ethical and professional practice in leadership roles in rural and remote medicine. They will continue to develop life-long learning and to apply evidence in their professional work.

Graduates of the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and integrated knowledge by considering current evidence for evaluating cultural, social, community, population and health factors influencing the practice of rural and remote medicine

  • Develop advanced skills in a clinical area of relevance to rural and remote medicine

  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise the complexities of health and health care delivery in rural and remote communities and exercise autonomy and expert judgement to respond with appropriate human resource management, teaching and other skills

  • Critically evaluate policies and professional and legal statutory requirements applicable to rural medical practitioners

  • Interpret ethical medical practice respecting patient’s confidentiality and privacy at both an individual patient level and community level

  • Evaluate, reflect on and apply new and existing evidence in the chosen specialty area of relevance to rural and remote medicine

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development through reflective practice and self‐directed learning

  • Design, implement, communicate and reflect upon a research project in an area of relevance to rural and remote medical practice.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

MD8001:03 Foundations of Rural or Remote Medicine

MD8002:03 Rural and Remote Medicine Reflections on Practice

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5101:03 Primary Health Care Research

MD8023:03 Communication and Collaboration in Rural and Remote Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

HS7500:06 Research Project 1

HS7501:06 Research Project 2

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points from Option A, B, C, D or E

Option A – ADULT INTERNAL MEDICINE

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5542:03 Clinical Travel Medicine

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5514:03 Human Health and Environmental Change

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

Option B – EMERGENCY MEDICINE

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5565:03 Clinical Review of Aeromedical Retrieval Activity

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

Option C – PAEDIATRICS

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5514:03 Human Health and Environmental Change

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

PY6015:03 Child and Family Therapy

Option D – MENTAL HEALTH

TM5575:03 Substance Abuse Prevention

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

PY5003:03 Adult psychopathology

PY5006:03 Clinical neuropsychology

PY5007:03 Health and rehabilitation

PY6015:03 Child and family therapy

PY5013:03 Working with clients

PY5001:03 Psychological assessment

Option E – POPULATION HEALTH

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Human Health and Environmental Change

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Communities

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5564:03 Acute Care in the Resource Poor Environment

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5540:03 Public health and Workplace

TM5580:03 Public Health Nutrition

TM5557:03 Disaster Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF RURAL AND REMOTE MEDICINE

Approved abbreviation

MRurRemM

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.